The truth is being dissatisfied with the way you look or feel can be a very unhappy-making experience. But which comes first, the unhappiness or the extra weight? I would argue that happier people make better choices for themselves, which may keep them from becoming overweight in the first place, and at the very least will make taking action to lose weight that much easier than it would be for a person plagued with unhappy thoughts.
If you consider weight loss a prerequisite to your happiness, you may want to consider plan reorganization. You may find it a challenge to love yourself as an overweight person (that’s right, and exactly as you are right this moment), but the fact is self-love, happiness, respect for, and commitment to, oneself will ideally proceed, or be undertaken in conjunction with, weight loss.
Happiness is truly an inside job. It is never based upon what is going on “out there”, meaning what others think, say or do, or negative world events. Happiness is a choice we make internally, for ourselves. And so is unhappiness. As human beings, we have the power to decide whether we will chose thoughts that lead us to positive or negative feelings. It stands to reason that the decisions we make when we are experiencing negative feelings will lead us to very different results in life than the decisions we make when we are experiencing positive feelings and emotions. Negative thoughts and feelings can cause us to seek solace in food, or not value, in the moment, the long term goals and values we have set for ourselves. Conversely, positive thoughts and emotions can be very empowering, and lead us down a very different path. The path we go down, meaning the actions we take as a result of our thoughts and feelings, will leads us to a particular result. Not coincidentally, positive thoughts (routinely thought by happy people) will get you positive results (in weight loss, and everything else in life). And negative thoughts (routinely thought by unhappy people) will get you negative results (in weight loss, and everything else in life).
So it comes in very handy that you literally get to choose whether to be happy or unhappy. It seems like a no-brainer to me, but if you’re not quite sure yet which would be the better choice, review five things you need to know about happiness that will result in actions that will impact your weight loss. If you never lost a pound, wouldn’t this be a better way to live anyhow!?
Below are five things you need to know about how happiness and weight loss go hand-in-hand:
- Happy People Make Healthier Choices
- Happy People Produce Lower Levels of the Stress Hormone Cortisol
- Happy People Enjoy Living in the Moment
- Happy People Have a Higher Level of Respect for Themselves
- Happy People Honor Commitments to Themselves
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